100 Mile Reading: A Little Piece of Paradise

a little piece of paradiseA Little Piece of Paradise: The History of Canning Lake by James Mitchell

In A Little Piece of Paradise: The History of Canning Lake, author James Mitchell takes us on a journey through the history of a small but important lake in Haliburton County, from being carved out by glaciers to a major part of the Haliburton County cottaging scene. Detailed and well-referenced, A Little Piece of Paradise weaves together written and oral history, along with plenty of photographs, to give readers a picture of a piece of Haliburton County’s past.

A Little Piece of Paradise: The History of Canning Lake by James Mitchell is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

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HCPL’s DVD of the Month: Arrival

arrivalArrival

When does your story begin? When does your story end? In Arrival, linguistics expert Louise Banks is called upon for the consultation of her life when 12 alien vessels mysteriously appear over different nations, all offering periodic access to their spacecraft and the opportunity to speak to the inhabitants within. What Louise discovers over the bucolic fields of Montana are beings with a physiology so different from humans and a language so complex that at any moment they could be one poor translation away from a world – or even intergalactic – war. As global powers jockey for advantage over one another, Louise races to understand the intentions of our strange visitors.

Arrival is based on the short story The Story of Your Life (in Stories of Your Life and Others) by Ted Chiang. Both are available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

HCPL’s Junior Book of the Month: Well, that was Awkward.

well that was awkwardWell, that was awkward by Rachel Vail

When Gracie meets AJ, she suddenly can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t anything. He’s tall, and weirdly good looking. But when AJ falls for Gracie’s beautiful best friend Sienna, Gracie finds herself becoming the Cyrano de Bergerac of middle school crush texting. Which is fine, just fine, right? She’s always been the sidekick, and is okay with being second best. Well, almost. She’s trying. Or maybe it’s time for Gracie to find her moment of perfect happiness.

Well, that was awkward by Rachel Vail is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

HCPL’s Book of the Month: Middle-Aged Boys & Girls

HL middle-aged boys girlsMiddle-Aged Boys & Girls by Diane Bracuk

With fifty being the new forty, and forty the new thirty, the ever shifting line of middle-age may make you wonder just when in your life you really do grow up. In Middle-Aged Boys & Girls by Diane Bracuk, characters deal with losses of confidence, looks, social status, job security and health. They are adults, but find themselves suddenly dealing with all the same feelings that they thought they left behind in their teenage years. Middle-Aged Boys & Girls explores the questions what does it really mean to grow up? And do we ever?

Middle-Aged Boys & Girls by Diane Bracuk is one of 2017’s Evergreen Award selections, part of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading. Read one or more books through the year and vote for your favourite in September. Middle-Aged Boys & Girls is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

100 Mile Reading: Hot Town

hot townHot Town and Other Stories by Janet Trull

In Hot Town and Other Stories, Janet Trull gives readers an unvarnished look at life in small towns through short stories. Each story provides a vignette of small town life, while examining something deeper – whether it’s the unintended consequences of the decisions we make, the prejudices that narrow our view of the world, how the history of generations still haunt us in the present, and how even though we think we know one another, we might really not know one another at all. Hot Town and Other Stories follows in the tradition of Alice Munro, bringing a bit of Central Ontario to Southern Ontario Gothic.

Hot Town and Other Stories by Janet Trull is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

 

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

HCPL’s DVD of the Month: Captain Fantastic

captain fantasticBen and Leslie, disillusioned with American life, have eschewed capitalism and technology in favour of raising their six kids in the Washington wilderness teaching survival skills and philosophy. When Leslie suddenly dies, her family tries to keep Ben from attending her funeral and exercising his wife’s final wishes. The family travels to the city to crash the funeral – the children’s first exposure to the modern life that Ben and his late wife rejected. As the kids are wooed by the more enticing aspects of modern life, and Ben defends his parenting decisions, can the family withstand the forces that threaten to tear them apart?

Captain Fantastic stars Viggo Mortensen as Ben leading a talented ensemble cast. It is one of this year’s Those Other Movies selections and is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

HCPL’s Junior Book of the Month: March

marchMarch by John Lewis

How does one person make a difference?

John Lewis grew up with segregation and racial discrimination in Alabama and, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, became one of the youngest leaders in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. His graphic novel trilogy March, details his youth on a sharecropper’s farm, his fateful meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., his commitment to changing the world through non-violent protest, his participation in the 1963 March on Washington, being subjected to violence on Bloody Sunday in Selma, and his path to the halls of Congress. In March, John Lewis brings the spirit of non-violent civil disobedience and getting into “good trouble” to a new generation seeking to make the world a better place.

March by John Lewis, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.